Utility back Reece Hodge will miss Australia’s clash with New Zealand on Saturday and the tour of Europe due to a fractured ankle. Hodge has impressed this season and has played in all nine of Australia’s Tests so far.
The 24-year-old was set to play in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting but he suffered the injury during the team’s final training session on Friday.
Coach Michael Cheika now has a selection headache with several players at outside centre injured.
Angus Cottrell, Hodge’s Melbourne Rebels team-mate, is struggling with a knee problem.
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Samu Kerevi may have to be rushed back from a bicep injury and Cheika admits they will bide their time before selecting him.
“He’s got a good block of training under his belt and he is probably a bit underdone but he has a lot of experience as well,” Cheika said.
“We will decide once he arrives and we get him on the training paddock whether we think he is in the sort of condition he needs to be to play at least some part this weekend.”